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Margaret and Gough Whitlam during their lobbying for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in Africa in 1993. With their help Sydney defeated Beijing by 45 votes to 43.

Among the many triumphs Gough Whitlam had during his life, the former Prime Minister played a vital role in winning the 2000 Olympic Games bid for Sydney- an event that shaped the nation.

Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge of Australia show off their gold medals after winning the men's tennis doubles at Stone Mountain Tennis Center in Stone Mountain, Georgia at the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.

TENNIS: Legendary Australian doubles pair Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde will receive the International Tennis Federation's (ITF) highest accolade, the Philippe Chatrier Award.

Adam Scott of Australia reacts alongside caddie Steve Williams after Scott makes a birdie putt on the second sudden death playoff hole to defeat Angel Cabrera of Argentina to win the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia.

Just weeks after celebrating the 30th anniversary of the historic America’s Cup victory, Australia II skipper John Bertrand AM has been elevated to “Legend” status by The Sport Australia Hall of Fame, becoming the “35th Legend of Australian Sport”.

Lance Armstrong of the USA on his way to the Bronze medal, in the final of the Men's Individual Time Trial at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, held at Centennial Park in Sydney, Australia.

CYCLING: Lance Armstrong says he has returned the bronze medal he won in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Lance Armstrong of the USA on his way to the Bronze medal, in the final of the Men's Individual Time Trial at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, held at Centennial Park in Sydney, Australia.

On the day he went public with an admission of doping after years of denials, Olympic officials disclosed one more embarrassment for Lance Armstrong with the disgraced cyclist stripped of the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Sydney Games.

Members of the Australian 4 x 100 relay team Adam Miller, Joshua Ross, Daniel Batman and Matt Shirvington pose for a photo during the Victorian Athletic Championships Day three at the MCG on February 19, 2006 in Melbourne, Australia.

Australian sprinter Daniel Batman was an amazing sportsman and his death was a huge loss to athletics, says his former training partner Matt Shirvington.

The President of the Australian Olympic Committee, John Coates, paid tribute to the late Margaret Whitlam today saying “she was a key contributor in Sydney winning the Olympic Games in 2000”.

Maurice Greene of the USA celebrates as he throws his shoe into the crowd after winning the Gold Medal in the Mens 100m Final Event during the 2000 Sydney Olympics at the Olympic Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

London Olympic organisers hope to harness the party atmosphere of the Sydney Games, which saw the harbour city host arguably the most successful staging of the four-yearly event.

Thorpedo circling

18 May 2011
Ian Thorpe is circled by media at a press call on 18th May 2011 marking his return to training in Australia.

Australian head coach Leigh Nugent describes Ian Thorpe as ‘a little bit like the circling shark’. Since announcing his return to swimming in February this year, Thorpe has been training abroad and the shadow of his Olympic records looms large.

470 gold medallists Tessa Parkinson (Beijing 2008) and Belinda Stowell (Sydney 2000) will combine to hunt for gold in 2012.

Tessa Parkinson and Belinda Stowell are two of Australia’s most successful female sailors and they have now teamed up to earn a shot at the gold medal in the 2012 Olympic Games.

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